TRENTON – New Jersey has been awarded a $400,000 federal grant to expand the state’s Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) initiative to five more counties, Health and Senior Services Commissioner Fred M. Jacobs, M.D., J.D., announced today.
ADRC, a joint initiative of the New Jersey departments of Health and Senior Services, and Human Services, has been under way as part of a two-year pilot program in two counties, Atlantic and Warren. Through ADRC, New Jersey is making it easier for seniors, adults with disabilities and caregivers to access needed community services.
“With this grant, New Jersey can expand its ongoing efforts to make it easier for people to get the help they need to live independently in the community as long as possible,” said Dr. Jacobs.
“The ADRC is setting the groundwork for a total transformation of New Jersey’s long-term care system by giving the consumer greater choice and more control over how, when and where services are provided,” the Commissioner added.
In Atlantic and Warren counties, ADRC created a “one-door” entry system that makes it easier for seniors and people with disabilities to access services. This includes such programs as meals-on-wheels, personal care, housekeeping, specialized transportation, assisted living and nursing home care.
Traditionally, services for senior citizens have been administered separately from those for persons with physical disabilities, even though these groups share many of the same needs and face many of the same barriers to care.
“Through the ADRC initiative,” Dr. Jacobs said, “the walls that separate these two systems are being torn down to make it easier for these individuals and their caregivers to learn about and apply for services, and to get the help they need faster.”
New Jersey’s successful model will now be implemented in five more counties over the next two years.
As part of the ADRC initiative, the state also launched a new website – www.adrcnj.gov – where consumers can learn about programs and services in the state designed to help them stay active and independent.
New Jersey was one of 12 states to receive a three-year federal grant in 2003 to launch the ADRC initiative. The grant announced today provides continued funding through 2008.
The ADRC initiative is part of New Jersey’s overall effort to reform the state’s long-term care system. The goal is to transform the system to give people more control over their care and to provide more support for community living. To support this transformation, New Jersey is also revising its long-term care funding structure to provide more options for consumers.
New Jersey’s effort have been recognized nationally by the U.S. Administration on Aging and the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
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